Harvard Radcliffe Institute is a cross-disciplinary laboratory of ideas that brings together students, scholars, and practitioners to engage with issues that can only be fully understood by drawing on research from across the humanities, sciences, social sciences, arts, and professions.
The Institute is unique among Harvard schools: Although we do not award degrees, we offer unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students. Harvard Radcliffe Institute provides learning and research experiences that are difficult to find in a traditional classroom setting. Radcliffe students work directly with our fellows and faculty, providing unique opportunities for mentorship, and they work across departmental boundaries, connecting with peers across the University. Harvard Radcliffe Institute enriches the Harvard student experience by fostering interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship focused on the most pressing issues of our time.Open Opportunities for Harvard Undergraduates Open Opportunities for Harvard Graduate Students Student Employment Opportunities
Harvard Radcliffe Institute has been a huge part of my College experience. I first started working there as a research assistant to a fellow who was studying NOW [the National Organization for Women]. Then I was on the student advisory board, and now I’m working with Emerging Leaders. It’s a wonderful way to work with the Institute outside the realm of research, and it feels really good to be giving back to the wider community.
I loved the idea that Harvard Radcliffe Institute—with its mission and legacy and the resources collected in the Schlesinger Library—was experimenting with new programs and trying to rethink how it can bridge different communities.
From the start, I always thought of my Radcliffe experience almost like a fifth class—which you get paid for. It always felt too good to be true, and it’s been such a treat to be part of it.
Open Opportunities for Harvard Undergraduates
Emerging Leaders Program
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), launched in January 2021, is an innovative new youth mentorship program focused on gender and leadership. The program partners current Harvard undergraduates with high school students from the surrounding Cambridge area. Together, they challenge limited conceptions of who can be a leader and who belongs in elite institutions of higher education, and they build critical skills to drive positive change.More on the Emerging Leaders Program
Radcliffe Research Partnerships
The Radcliffe Research Partnership (RRP) program matches Harvard College students with Radcliffe fellows in a research and mentorship program. Fellows act as mentors, while students provide research assistance, acquire valuable research skills, and participate in the Institute's rich intellectual life.More on Radcliffe Research Partnerships
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Open Opportunities for Harvard Graduate Students
Student Advisory Board
Student Advisory Board members shape student-related programs and experiences and represent the Institute at their respective schools and departments. Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 9 AM ET on Monday, September 20.More on the Student Advisory Board
Graduate Student Fellowships
PhD candidates at all Harvard faculties who plan to finish writing their dissertation in 2022–2023 are invited to apply. Graduate student fellows participate in the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program by attending all weekly fellows' talks and lunches and are invited, though not required, to present their own work in a talk to the fellows. Applications are due on February 11, 2022.More on Graduate Student Fellowships
News & Ideas
In honor of National Poetry Day, Harvard Radcliffe Institute would like to look back to our exhibit titled “A Language to Hear Myself”: Feminist Poets Speak. It featured five literary giants—June Jordan, Eve Merriam, Honor Moore, Adrienne Rich, and Jean Valentine—who used poetry as a platform for protest and self-expression, and to explore the politics of gender. Today we celebrate poetry as an art form and as a mode of activism for marginalized communities. A link to the digital version of the exhibition is in the bio. Accessibility Description: Image 1: June Jordan smiling, sitting down in grass Image 2: Eve Merriam promotional flyer Image 3: Portrait of Honor Moore smiling Image 4: Portrait of Adrienne Rich smiling Image 5: Portrait of Jean Valentine smiling All images courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, which houses the papers of all five poets
A new article in the New Yorker, “How the Real Jane Roe Shaped the Abortion Wars,” looks at the complicated life of Norma McCorvey. The Joshua Prager Collection on Norma McCorvey and Roe v. Wade is housed in our Schlesinger Library. Here, some photos from the collection. (Photo 1) McCorvey with Flip Benham, a born-again-Christian lay minister and militant anti-abortionist, who is mentioned in the article. (Photo 2) A roadside billboard in Indiana advertises the Tippecanoe County Right to Life Banquet, which featured McCorvey ca. 1995–1998. In our bio, a link to the collection’s catalog entry.
Lauren Groff (photo 2) came to the Institute ready to complete a novel about early American captivity narratives—but after hearing Katie Bugyis’s (photo 3) fellowship talk about Benedictine nuns’ liturgical practices, her brain, she tweeted, “exploded into rainbows.” Last summer, Groff asked Bugyis, a historian of medieval religious women, to be a historical consultant for a different novel, out now: Matrix (photo 1) portrays the life of an abbess from the Middle Ages. Learn more about this true Radcliffe Moment in the Harvard Gazette. Link in profile.